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Dear Puerto Rico, here’s some LTE balloons for you. 🎈 


Alphabet’s Project Loon has officially deployed their LTE balloons to Puerto Rico the team announced today.





The balloons provide basic functions like text messaging and web browsing access.


The fleet of stratospheric (higher than the clouds) helium balloons provide residents with basic functions like text messaging and minor web browsing access who have LTE-equipped smartphones.






Project Loon is working together with AT&T to bring this.


We’ve never deployed Project Loon connectivity from scratch at such a rapid pace, and we’re grateful for the support of AT&T and the many other partners and organizations that have made this possible, writes Alastair Westgrath, the head of Project Loon



Project Loon is also working with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), FEMA, and other cellular spectrum and aviation authorities.



Westgarth further writes, 

 Thanks to the Pan-American and Puerto Rican governments’ aviation authorities and air traffic controllers, who enabled us to send small teams of balloons from our launch site in Nevada to Puerto Rico. Thanks also to SES Networks and Liberty Cablevision who helped quickly set up essential ground infrastructure so that the balloons could get internet connectivity.





Hurricane Maria was a disaster and it affected millions of Puerto Ricans.


The Category 4 storm that smashed into Puerto Rico have left millions completely devastated.


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Image by Leyla Santiago/CNN





Loon’s Balloons have been in use since 2013 to help disaster-stricken places.


The balloons have been used before in disaster stricken regions around the world. 


One notable moment, was when Loon’s balloons were brought to help the high-profile disaster relief effort in Peru back in May of last year.


But what makes this a quite special moment for Project Loon is that they managed to deploy the balloons faster than ever before aimed at helping nearly 3.5 residents of the island regain connectivity.



Learn more on how you can help the victims of Hurricane Maria.